A goal against the flow of play buoyed the Heritage Woods Kodiaks past the Terry Fox Ravens 2-0 in senior boys soccer action.
While Fox, who finished second at last year’s B.C.s, dominated the first half, the Kodiaks grabbed a 1-0 lead on Eric Dove’s first of two. That lead was backstopped by a strong performance from netminder Cole Nielsen. Dove would deposit the insurance tally midway through the second half.
The Ravens, who began the season by winning the Guildford Park tournament, levelled plenty of veteran fire against the Port Moody-based Kodiaks, but came up empty.
In other action, the Centennial Centaurs rebounded from a harsh 4-0 setback to Fox with a dramatic 2-1 win over Riverside Rapids.
Abhinav Bahatta’s late tally — just seconds before the end of injury time — gave the Coquitlam crew the victory.
Centennial took a 1-0 lead when Kasra Rayani converted a free kick despite the team having lost a player to a red card. With 15 minutes left, the club would be reduced to nine players after another red card was handed out.
Riverside took advantage of the situation and tied up the game during injury time when Kyle Murdoch tallied.
But right off the draw, the Cents moved the ball down field, got a throw in and won it on Bahatta’s marker, beating Riverside keeper Nick Valois — who both coaches credited for having an outstanding game in net.
Also playing well was Centennial’s Matteo Gallaccio and Riverside’s Brendan Hodaly.
At Gleneagle, the Talons took wing and soared above Port Moody 5-0 on Tuesday.
Diego Govantos led the way with two goals, while captain Arjan Nikpay also tallied. Other goals came from Tristan Humphreys and Patrick Serrano, while Logan Wong set a determined pace at sweeper.
Gleneagle also received a strong effort from stopper Ryan Arce, as Chris Harrop posted the shutout.
It came on the heels of a season-opening 2-0 loss to Heritage Woods.
“The team looks strong in both their play on the field and positive mindset,” remarked coach Frank Abbinante. “Our goal at this point is to take one game at a time and make the playoffs in hopes of a strong run through to the Fraser Valleys.”
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